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It's Not Too Late: Get Your Flu Shot!

Flu Shot

It all started last night. My poor mom was nearly unrecognizable on the phone, all stuffed up and coughing.  Then, on my ride into work, I scanned the headlines (“One of the earliest and worst seasons in years!”) and started to get alarmed. Suddenly the usual chorus of wintertime commuter sniffles seemed more and more ominous.  Hello, hand sanitizer.

The final straw landed in my inbox.  A friend wrote: Day 5 of being seriously ill. Go get a flu shot immediately if you haven't already.”

Okay, universe, I hear you.  You’ve scared me straight to the clinic – but will I be too late?  According to the experts, no, even if you are a procrastinator like me, the flu shot can still do you a lot of good.  The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone, starting at age 6 months, with only a few exceptions for people with rare health conditions.

Guess I know where I’ll be going on my lunch break.  Make sure you and your loved ones are protected this season - check with your doctor, or find a clinic near you.

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